The University Place City Council will vote Monday (March 2) on vehicle restrictions that would affect roughly 4,600 homes near Chambers Bay golf course during the U.S. Open this summer.
The restrictions would limit parking and access to residential neighborhoods near the course during the June 15-21 golf championship.
Also up for council approval Monday is an ordinance banning drones from flying in the city during June.
The United States Golf Association and Pierce County law enforcement asked the city to adopt the temporary prohibition on unmanned aerial vehicles in order to protect public safety, City Attorney Steve Victor said.
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A study session following Monday’s regular meeting will include discussion about additional U.S. Open-related topics such as loosening rules on food vendors, merchants and recreational vehicles during the event.
City staff has made minimal changes to the parking and street-access plan since it was introduced in October.
At the end of 2014, the city’s Public Works and Parks and Recreation director met with residents in affected neighborhoods to answer questions.
“The big concern we heard was ‘We don’t want our neighborhood turned into U.S. Open parking lots,” Gary Cooper said.
Under the city’s plan, he said, they won’t.
The suburban city’s population will almost double daily during the U.S. Open when an estimated 30,000 people flock to the Pierce County-owned golf course.
Most visitors will park outside UP, as far away as Lakewood and Puyallup. They will reach the course via 200 shuttle buses provided by the USGA. But others may try to park near the course.
The USGA has not yet released its transportation plan, including shuttle departure times and routes and the list of roads drivers will use to get to parking lots. That information will be made public at the end of April, according to golf officials.
University Place residents should expect disruption.
“My goal is to minimize that impact,” Cooper said.
Under the city’s plan up for approval Monday, residents closest to the course will see the most restrictions, including no access to roads they travel daily.
Grandview Drive will be closed from 48th Street to 64th/Chambers Creek Road to all cars except those associated with the tournament. The majority of residents who use Grandview in this area will be redirected to Cirque Drive from Bristonwood Drive.
Eighty-nine homes from 58th Street Court West to 62nd Street Court West will be issued a special access pass because Grandview is the only way in and out of the neighborhood.
Visitors to these 89 homes, including delivery trucks or other services, will be granted access after going through a checkpoint.
A street parking ban is also proposed in the immediate area around the course. The city estimates 1,245 residences (including the 89 previously mentioned) will be affected by the ban. Residents and their guests will have to park in driveways or on front lawns. Cars found on streets will be ticketed and towed.
The street parking restriction would be in place 24 hours a day for all seven days of the tournament.
Another 3,366 residences will be inside a proposed no-event parking zone. Residents can park on the streets in this zone, but neighbors will be asked to report violators who are seen parking and walking to the course.